This interactive workshop introduces students to physics and engineering concepts such as buoyancy and density. Students are then challenged to build a boat with specific materials (lollipop sticks, cork, balloons, string, card, foil etc.) and a budget. They then test these through how much 'treasure' (pennies) they can carry before they sink.
Students will be inspired to take on subjects such as marine, electrical and mechanical engineering and physics. They may also be inspired to pursue a career in these fields, for example as a marine engineer involved in designing boats.
This is suitable for groups of up to 40 students in Years 7-9 or S1-3.
Improve engagement, interest or enjoyment in STEM subjects
Improve awareness and aspirations for STEM-related study and careers
Challenge stereotypes by showing the diversity of disciplines, people and skills involved in engineering
The Gatsby benchmarks are a framework for good careers guidance for schools across all of England and in some areas across the rest of the UK. This experience helps your school to reach the following benchmarks:
The essential skills every young person needs to succeed in education and their future career. Find out more at the Skills Builder Partnership. This experience builds the following skills:
Creativity - the use of imagination and the generation of new ideas.
Problem solving - the ability to find a solution to a complex situation or challenge.